Letter - If school is delayed an hour, kids will delay sleep

It seems to be a rather generally accepted fact that the human body functions more efficiently following an adequate amount of sleep. Studies have indicated sleep is of greater value when obtained during what we call night time hours.

Etc - Walla Wallan wine barrel maker retires

Philippe Michel, a resident of Walla Walla since 2010, retired from the business of making barrels for wine after years of experience.

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Memorial Pool rebuild sees rising costs

City officials, once again, are projecting major cost overruns for the Veterans Memorial Pool project — this time $700,000 over what’s been budgeted.

Alaska Airlines books more Walla Walla options

Alaska Airlines is set to embark on a three-flight schedule four days a week in Walla Walla.

Wa-Hi teacher’s death ruled an accident

The death of Walla Walla High School drama teacher Brian Senter, killed Saturday night when he was struck by a pickup truck, has been ruled an accident, Walla Walla County Coroner Richard Greenwood said this morning.

Update: Port director drove pickup that killed Wa-Hi drama teacher Saturday

Walla Walla High School drama teacher Brian Senter died Saturday after he was struck by a pickup truck driven by Port of Walla Executive Director Jim Kuntz, authorities said.

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Officials probe Wa-Hi teacher’s death

Wa-Hi drama teacher Brian Senter was struck and killed by a pickup truck Saturday night.

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Wa-Hi's fall show goes on in wake of drama teacher's death

The Walla Walla High School drama department this week will open a show that from its debut a decade ago at the John Anson Ford Amphitheatre in Los Angeles was shadowed with controversy.

Understanding Walla Walla's new crosswalk babble

Alder Street is lookin’ good with its smooth, black, pothole free asphalt and new diagonal parking. It’s so chic from Spokane Street to Fourth Avenue that even the traffic signals are showing off. You can’t shut them up — literally.

Editorial - Is it time to elect City Council by districts?

Two Latina candidates were elected to the Yakima City Council last week.

Walla Walla man held in rape, kidnap investigation

Bail was set at $50,000 today for a Walla Walla man arrested for investigation of rape and kidnapping.

Daryl McCauley Sr.

1966 - 2015

Daryl Lee McCauley Sr., 49, died Oct. 4, 2015, surrounded by his family

Op-Ed: Fix public-school financing and end district inequities

SEATTLE — Over the past two bienniums, the state of Washington has increased funding for K-12 education by nearly $3 billion dollars. In addition, local maintenance and operations levies provide an additional $2 billion each year.

Willow charter school weighs startup options

Walla Walla’s first charter school, which had planned to open in 2016, could see delays by as much as two years because of a financial crisis created after the state Supreme Court last week struck down the use of public funds for such schools.

Haggen files for bankruptcy amid expansion woes

Struggling Haggen says it has filed for protection from creditors while it tightens its business into a smaller, profitable footprint, signaling a surprisingly early demise for its unlikely bid to become a West Coast grocery superpower.

Editorial - Legislature must find way to make charter schools work

It’s unfortunate progress on opening Walla Walla’s Willow School — one of the latest charter schools approved by the state under the initiative approved by voters in 2012 — has halted because of Friday’s Supreme Court ruling.

Walla Walla charter school on hold after court ruling

Less than four weeks after receiving state approval for a charter school to open in 2016, progress on the local Willow School was halted after a State Supreme Court decision Friday that ruled such schools cannot receive state funds.

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Vince Gill bound to be sweetly soothing for Southeast Washington

Vince Gill was not talking about Southeast Washington when he recorded “Look at Us” in 1991. No, the longstanding country music star was crooning about a married couple having made it through the many hurdles of marriage.

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Walla Walla Council delays action on day center for the homeless

Walla Walla City Council members will wait to make a decision on a building code change that would benefit planners of a proposed day center to serve those living in homelessness.

Editorial - New high school’s top-notch athletic facilities good for CP and the Valley

Although the athletic facilities at the now-open College Place High School have not been completed, it’s pretty clear they are somewhere between great and spectacular.

New College Place athletic facilities create buzz

Buzz around the first season of the new College Place High School’s athletic schedule picked up recently as people noticed the bleachers installed at the Hawks’ new stadium.

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Back to school: Students head to class

Among those restarting their studies are the first students at the new College Place High School.

Rural Library District board to meet Monday

The Walla Walla Rural Library District board will hold a special meeting and regular meeting Monday.

Updated: School Board names finalists for seat, names tech director

The WWPS Board of Directors named all three candidates for Max Carrera’s vacant school board position as finalists.

CP principal finalists to meet public at forum

The two candidates, both from Walla Walla Public Schools, are Kirk Jameson and Dan Calzaretta.

New principal named for Sager Middle School

COLLEGE PLACE — School district officials announced their choice for a new principal for John Sager Middle School.

Principals hired for Walla Walla, College Place schools

Local school boards this week approved hiring new principals for two elementary schools.

CP school's decision not to hire vaunted coach raises community ire

An acclaimed local coach is at the center of a controversy between school administrators and more than 300 parents, students and other supporters who want him to be the new College Place High School Hawks junior varsity football coach.

Differences linger after CP parents, school officials meet

College Place School District officials stood their ground last week over hiring practices and curriculum polices that have been recently criticized by an undetermined number of parents.

Woman struck by car in crosswalk recovering

A Walla Walla woman who was hit by a car downtown last weekend remains in satisfactory condition at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, hospital officials said Friday.

WW, CP schools announce personnel changes

Two local school districts this week announced two key administrative changes and a new search for a retiring principal.

School District plans for state funding cut

Three administrative positions have been cut as part of the savings plan for Walla Walla Public Schools.

WALLA WALLA -- Walla Walla Public Schools is budgeting for an expected $1.2 million cut from the state for the upcoming school year.

Sharpstein principal chosen for administrative slot

Laure Quaresma will take over as executive director of personnel, replacing Deputy Superintendent Bill Jordan, who is retiring.

WALLA WALLA -- Sharpstein Elementary Principal Laure Quaresma has been chosen to be Walla Walla Public School's new executive director of personnel, the district announced today.

Walla Walla Public Schools to trim administrative staff

Three positions are in line to be cut in anticipation of lower state funding next year.

WALLA WALLA -- Walla Walla Public Schools will reduce its administrative staff by 7.5 percent next year in light of almost certain cuts in the state's funding for public education.During Tuesday night's board meeting, Superintendent Rich Carter said the d

Second Walla Walla school official to retire

Like the superintendent, Deputy Superintendent Bill Jordan says this will be his last school year.

WALLA WALLA -- Walla Walla Public Schools' Deputy Superintendent Bill Jordan will join Superintendent Richard Carter in retirement at the end of the school year.

Walla Walla schools official Linda Boggs announces retirement, takes medical leave

The second-in-charge at Walla Walla Public Schools will officially retire effective June 30 and will take medical leave through the remainder of the current school year, according to school officials.

Walla Walla, College Place schools make personnel changes

Walla Walla and College Place school officials this week announced several key personnel changes that included a new middle-school principal, a change in elementary principals and hiring a firm to conduct a search for a new superintendent.

Walla Walla schools dinged in state audit

State officials found fault with the Walla Walla School District in an audit that said officials failed to obtain federally required competitive bids for goods and services purchased with Title 1 funds.

State auditor: Walla Walla school workers inflated hours, got extra pay

The state auditor’s fraud manager has referred a case of “misappropriated” Walla Walla School District funds to the county prosecutor.

Rev. Dr. Stephen Hayner

1948 - 2015

Former Walla Walla resident The Rev. Dr. Stephen (Steve) A. Hayner

Westneat - It’s OK to carry a gun into City Hall, but not state Capitol

When lawmakers unexpectedly banned the open carrying of guns in parts of the state Capitol recently, some gun owners were upset. But they weren’t the only ones.

Editorial - WW voters send right message in OK’ing new pool

The strong showing of support for rebuilding Walla Walla’s Memorial Pool is welcome.

Climate change may have led to demise of Mayan culture

LOS ANGELES—Argument has raged for decades over what doomed the ancient Maya civilization and spurred its people to abandon their awe-inspiring temples and pyramids in the rainforests of Mexico and Central America. Warfare, disease, social unrest and over-farming have all been cited as potential factors in the decline of a culture that was scientifically and culturally advanced for 750 years.

Study: Long "megadrought" likely in western US

SAN JOSE, California — As bad as recent droughts in California, the Southwest and the Midwest have been, scientists say far worse "megadroughts" are coming -- and they're bound to last for decades.

Three-decade 'megadroughts' forecast for Southwest

The long and severe drought in the U.S. Southwest pales in comparison with what's coming: a "megadrought" that will grip that region and the central plains later this century and probably stay there for decades, a new study says.

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Money snag alters rural library plans

A major expansion project by the Walla Walla County Rural Library District is proceeding, just not as initially planned.

Editorial - Rural Library District should drop plans for urban library

Now is the time for the Walla Walla Rural Library District board of directors to rethink the wisdom of its plan to build a central library in the Walla Walla-College Place urban area. The concept made no sense when it was proposed two years ago and nothing has changed to justify its construction.

Letter - County central library unaffordable

The Walla Walla Rural Library District made the decision two years ago to use $2 million of our tax dollars (collected from residents of the unincorporated areas of Walla Walla County) to improve the library facilities in Burbank, Touchet and Prescott.

Rural Library Board seeks new members

WALLA WALLA — Applicants are being sought for two openings on the Walla Walla County Rural Library District board.

Column: Lift restrictions on who can receive the Eucharist

Pope Francis has invited all Catholics to come forward and speak openly about their concerns and hopes for change within the Church. My hope is that there will no longer be any restrictions, regarding the reception of the Eucharist, placed upon couples, gay or straight, based upon their marital or nonmarital status.

Updated - Warming center finds home at First Congregational

After coming up empty at first, the Walla Walla warming center task force has found a place to house local homeless people during the current winter blast.

Richard “Dick” Taylor

1926 - 2014

On Nov. 10, 2014, Richard Arthur (Dick) Taylor passed away

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Whitman College names new president

WALLA WALLA — Whitman College officials announced today the successor to current President George Bridges, who had announced he will leave the position in June after the current school year ends.

Woman celebrates milestone of membership in lodge

Marjorie Penner Saranto celebrated eight decades of membership in Narcissa Rebekah Lodge No. 2. She first joined Theta Rho, the girls branch of the Rebekahs, in 1934, according to Barbara Tvrz in a release.

Research not clear on small class-size benefits

Few education reforms make as much sense on a gut level as giving teachers fewer students to teach.

Planners hold fire on gun club expansion bid

A key issue is whether the Milton-Freewater area club can be legally considered a ‘firearms training facility.’

PENDLETON — The East End Rod & Gun Club’s application to continue operations and expand onto additional land met with no decision Thursday after a packed public hearing before the Umatilla County Planning Commission.

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Umatilla County commissioners hear appeals on gun club

PENDLETON — Umatilla County commissioners heard more than four hours of public testimony Tuesday but made no decision regarding the future of the East End Rod & Gun Club.

WWGC asks Port of WW for approval to build indoor range

The Walla Walla Gun Club has preliminary plans to build an indoor pistol, archery and rimfire rifle range at its current location at 1212 Middle Waitsburg Rd.

Column - WW Gun Club range plans get boost from $150K grant

There is good news afoot for anyone with a handgun or .22 rifle in our neck of the woods who is looking for a public shooting range.

Walla Walla City Council signs off on pot rules

WALLA WALLA — City Council narrowly approved a set of ordinances that will regulate locations for future growing, processing and retail sales of marijuana.

Cooper aims to restore trust in Sheriff’s Office

WALLA WALLA — Trust in the Walla Walla County Sheriff’s Office is broken and Tom Cooper says he wants to fix it.

Editorial: Cooper wins on issue of trust in sheriff’s race

Who can best heal the strained relationships within the Walla Walla County Sheriff’s Office and in the Courthouse — Sheriff John Turner or his challenger, Sgt. Tom Cooper?

Letter - Sheriff Turner had divided Sheriff’s Office

I have read letters from fellow deputies, jailers and other staff who are supporting the sheriff’s re-election, many of whom are either family, friends or hired by Sheriff Turner, as well as some from the public who think they have insight as to the internal climate of our office.

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Faculty votes ‘no confidence’ in WWCC president

The nation’s best community college recently got a black eye of sorts from its Arts and Sciences faculty, who last month submitted a no-confidence statement criticizing the management style of Walla Walla Community College President Steven VanAusdle, as well as the organizational structure and lack of funding to the Arts and Sciences departments.

Helen Darrah

1928 - 2014

Helen Mae Darrah, 86, passed away peacefully at Odd Fellows Home

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Balloon Stampede lands on fall dates

WALLA WALLA — Consider the next Walla Walla Balloon Stampede weekend a parting gift to Mom.

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Glamping sets up camp in Walla Walla

Chillville is a new glamour camping venture at the airport industrial park.

Those who make their way to the new spot on Lockheed Avenue arrive not only to respite but also to the latest twist on vacationing for those who want to be one with both nature and amenities.

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College Place High School builds a lighthouse for education

When College Place passed a bond to build College Place High School and replace Davis Elementary, it was a watershed moment for the School District.

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At new College Place High School, there'll be no business like school business

COLLEGE PLACE — Prospects of a business mall at the new College Place High School could mean more opportunities for students to gain authentic work experience at its Business and Entrepreneurship magnet school.

Tourist dies after being struck in crosswalk at Palouse, Main streets

A 70-year-old German tourist died Monday evening after being struck by a motorist on East Main Street at about 5:30 p.m. Dr. Horst-Peter Rothar was in Walla Walla as part of a planned bike tour across the U.S., according to police.

Cyclist hit by vehicle

WALLA WALLA — A 51-year-old man was transported to a local hospital after being struck by a motorist in the intersection of Wilbur Avenue and Pleasant Street on Tuesday evening.

Young cyclist injured in collision with car

WALLA WALLA — A 14-year-old boy suffered a broken leg after he was struck by a car on Howard Street while riding his bicycle Wednesday afternoon.

Can School Board regain trust without apology?

The U-B survey seems to indicate there isn’t a pubic willingness to pass additional school bonds.

Letter - Time for Walla Walla School Board to show leadership

The resignation statement from our Walla Walla Public Schools superintendent a short time ago revealed what many thought. Our superintendent seemingly was hired as a salesman to pass school bonds.

Walla Walla school bond defeated

WALLA WALLA — Walla Walla School District residents voted down a plan to build a $10.2 million science building at Walla Walla High School on Tuesday.

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March construction: College Place High School

The school is due to be completed in December 2015.

Anti-gay bias can be found right here in Washington state

That Arizona sure is backward. Nothing like that anti-gay-rights stuff down there is going to happen here in our enlightened state.

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Wa-Hi science building to go to voters

WALLA WALLA — The Walla Walla School Board on Thursday passed a resolution to put a $10.2 million bond to build a new science building at Walla Walla High School before voters in the April 22 special election.

Bond election will cost district $20,000 to $25,000

WALLA WALLA — Running bond elections, or any election for that matter, is not cheap.

Task force suggests delay in asking for Walla Walla school bond

Discussion will continue at tonight’s Walla Walla School Board meeting.

WALLA WALLA — Despite concerns from its Community Facilities Task Force, the Walla Walla School District may yet forge ahead with a plan to build a stand-alone science building at Walla Walla High School.

Letter - What will $10 million pay for?

There’s has to be more to the $10 million school bond than just the science building. I wonder what the Walla Walla School Board has added to it?

Walla Walla School Board votes to put $10.2 million bond on April ballot

WALLA WALLA — By a vote of 4-1 the Walla Walla School Board passed a resolution to put a $10.2 million bond to build a new science building at Walla Walla High School before voters in this April’s special election on Thursday afternoon.

Walla Walla County sheriff's reorganization plan OK'd; pay raise nixed

WALLA WALLA — Walla Walla County commissioners today approved a reorganization of appointed positions in the Sheriff’s Office, but with changes after several meeting on the issue.

Bipartisan deal in works for teacher evaluations

SEATTLE — Gov. Jay Inslee said Tuesday he has reached a deal with lawmakers from both parties to revise the state’s teacher evaluation system in a way that will satisfy the federal government.

Walla Walla County OK’s sheriff’s reorganization plan

WALLA WALLA — Walla Walla County commissioners Monday approved a proposed reorganization of appointed officers and staff members in the Sheriff’s Office and let Sheriff John Turner decide what those officers will be paid.

Sheriff explains his plan to reorganize administrative staff

I want to discuss with readers Tuesday’s U-B article regarding Sheriff’s Office employees.

Pay hike for sheriff's administrator irks county officials

The proposed 20 percent pay increase drew fire from other county department heads.

WALLA WALLA — A proposal by Sheriff John Turner to give his chief administrative deputy a hefty pay raise sparked protests by elected officials and others Monday.

Ex-judge stated he expected be caught in child porn case

WALLA WALLA — Former District Court Judge John Junke indirectly, but deliberately, tipped off authorities in September that he was downloading Internet child pornography.

Throw the progressive bums out

I have read many letters lately filled with hateful, intolerant and mean-spirited statements.

Council member should resign to avoid hardship

A new member of the Walla Walla City Council posted a question in his letter to the editor: “So, what kind of crazy person would invest his or her personal funds to work so hard?

Former judge plans to represent himself in child porn case

WALLA WALLA — Although no longer licensed to practice law in this state, a former attorney who was a local District Court Judge in the 1990s will represent himself in the child pornography case against him.

Minutes - Walla Walla County - 11/25/13

Walla Walla County commission

Rural Library District board to hold budget hearing

WALLA WALLA — The Walla Walla County Rural Library District board will hold a hearing on the district’s 2014 budget Tuesday.

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JFK’s death still vivid for baby boomers

We cannot get past it, we Americans. Not a half-century later. Maybe not even ever.

School Board needs direction to build a Wa-Hi renovation plan

If a community consensus can’t be reached by spring, perhaps the project should be put on hold to give voters time to ponder options.

The Walla Walla School Board needs to give itself and the community more time to come up with the right plan to renovate all or part of the high school. Tuesday the School Board held another public work session to hear what people wanted to see and what they would be willing to fund. In addition, the Board wants to know what the objections are to the various concepts being considered for Wa-Hi — from rebuilding the entire school in two phases to focusing on only one or two of the most pressing needs (such as the science building).

New Sager Middle School is up and running

John Sager Middle School is alive and well!

Rural Library District Board of Trustees seat open

WALLA WALLA -- An opening remains to be filled on the Walla Walla County Rural Library District Board of Trustees. The board determines the mission and basic policies for the library's operation and has the supervision, care and custody responsibilities f

Trustee slot to open on library board slot to open

WALLA WALLA -- The Walla Walla County Rural Library District -- which has been criticized heavily this year for failing to work out an agreement with the city and moving forward with plans for a new branch -- will soon have an opening on its Board of Trustees.

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District officials in quandary over Wa-Hi

They’re at a loss for a renovation measure they think voters would accept.

WALLA WALLA — How do you persuade a community to pass a bond that will accomplish less but likely cost the same or more than one voters had already shot down?

Lincoln High principal's resignation announced

WALLA WALLA — Lincoln High School Principal Jim Sporleder, who has been on medical leave since the beginning of the school year, is resigning his position effective at the end of the school year due to a non-life threatening medical condition, according to a Walla Walla School District news release.

Walla Walla Rural Library District has new boss

WALLA WALLA — After months of searching, the Walla Walla Rural Library District has chosen its next leader.

Rural Library Board seeks new member

WALLA WALLA — Applicants are being sought of an opening on the Walla Walla County Rural Library Board of Trustees.

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Mall’s new owners plan 2014 opening

They say the former Blue Mountain Mall holds potential to recapture sales tax dollars going to the Tri-Cities.

WALLA WALLA — By this time next year, you may be able to stop by the old Gottschalks building for a new pair of shoes. Perhaps a tennis racket. Or an outfit for date night.

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Sun Lakes features water, warmth, wonders

SUN LAKES/DRY FALLS STATE PARK, Grant County — Where else in the state of Washington can you go for a seven-minute hike and witness the results of an underwater tornado?

Grease dumping trial pushed to October date

WALLA WALLA — A new trial date has been set in the case of a local business owner accused of pouring grease on the property of YMCA director Randy Grant.

Various polls give Walla Walla School Board a lot to consider

But whatever Wa-Hi project is put on the ballot must be certain to be approved by voters. Failure is not an option.

Judging from the Union-Bulletin’s recent survey regarding upgrading Walla Walla High School — as well as two school district-sponsored surveys — it’s clear that, well, nothing is clear.

Walla Walla woman charged in grease-dumping case

WALLA WALLA — A woman who has denied involvement in grease-dumping incidents at the YMCA executive director’s home pleaded innocent in Walla Walla County District Court on Monday to three criminal charges.

Board to discuss school survey

WALLA WALLA — The Walla Walla School Board has scheduled a public work session Tuesday to review and discuss results from recent district surveys regarding facility improvement needs at Walla Walla High School.

Kenneth I. “Ken” Barton

1923 - 2013

Lifetime area resident, Kenneth I. “Ken” Barton, 90,

Death notice

Kenneth I. Barton

Man arrested for urinating on Walla Walla Public Library books

WALLA WALLA — Police arrested Justin J. Stokes on investigation of felony malicious mischief after the 38-year-old man reportedly urinated on books at the Walla Walla Public Library on Thursday,

School Board OKs resignation of member

Max Carrera's last day will be Aug. 1.

WALLA WALLA — Walla Walla School Board member Max Carrera will be leaving the board Aug. 1.

Walla Walla School Board to consider planned resignation

The School District says it is treating the matter as a personnel issue and would not identify the member.

WALLA WALLA —The Walla Walla School Board will be asked to accept the resignation of a fellow board member during its regular meeting Tuesday.

Breaking news: Walla Walla School Board member says he's leaving board

WALLA WALLA — Walla Walla School Board member Max Carrera confirmed this afternoon he intends to resign.

Resignation of School Board member not personnel matter

The chief executive of a government entity, such as a school district’s superintendent, answers to elected directors who sit on a school board. And the school board members answer to the public — the voters.

Delay in responding to gay swipe hurt Hewitt & WW

Sen. Mike Hewitt was unhappy his staff member made the regrettable remark. Hewitt must now make his views clear to all.

The public images of Sen. Mike Hewitt — and Walla Walla — have taken a hit this week.

Mistrust of WW School Board lingers

Two reasons most mentioned for February’s Walla Walla High School bond defeat are mistrust of the School Board and its refusal to answer important questions.

College Place embarks on high school transition

We are excited about the progress happening in College Place Public Schools with the building of the new elementary school, the new high school and the remodel of the middle school.

College Place principal choice on agenda

COLLEGE PLACE — The College Place School Board will meet Tuesday to consider hiring a principal for the new College Place High School.

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Transgender couple seeks acceptance

Many people don’t understand the differences between sexual orientation and gender identity.

Gay swipe ignites local fury

A comment reportedly made by a staffer for Sen. Mike Hewitt has gone viral.

WALLA WALLA — A Huffington Post item reporting a statement about gays reportedly made by a staff member for Republican state Sen. Mike Hewitt of Walla Walla has drawn national ire from bloggers and concern from locals about the city’s reputation.

U-B reporting on Rural Library District shameful

This letter is in response to many recent U-B articles, editorials and letters to the editor that have appeared over the last few months. I, for one, am becoming weary of hearing the misrepresentations, half-truths and outright lies being leveled against the Rural Library District and the RLD Board by the Library Users Coalition and perpetuated by the U-B.

Walla Walla city attorney: Octopus can stay through appeal process

Tim Donaldson says the city won't force removal of the mural, though fines will accrue, as the case continues.

WALLA WALLA -- Although Inland Octopus owner Bob Catsiff lost his lawsuit against the city of Walla Walla on Thursday, his giant purple octopus can stay in place for the time being.City Attorney Tim Donaldson said the mural on the toy store at 7 E. Main S

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Octopus mural covered

A city-contracted firm covered the 550-square-foot mural this morning.

WALLA WALLA — The octopus is no more.

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VIDEO: City paints over giant purple octopus

More details to come

News release: Walla Walla toy store owner plans to continue mural fight

The following news release was received by the Union-Bulletin from Inland Octopus this morning. Watch union-bulletin.com and the Union-Bulletin's print edition for further coverage. An image of letter referenced in the release was attached to the emailed release. That image accompanies this story.

Now isn't time to give Walla Walla city manager pay hike

The Walla Walla City Council took a misstep last week when it boosted the salary of City Manager Nabiel Shawa by 2 percent.

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Views mixed at open house on annex plan

Opinions were mixed at a gathering Tuesday to discuss the proposal.

WALLA WALLA — City officials held an open house Tuesday evening to discuss a proposed 870-acre south-side annexation.

LUC should focus on improving city library

At the core, the ongoing library controversy is not really about providing the best library services possible in Walla Walla County for all. (The Rural Library District is already doing this and plans to continue improving its services to its constituents.)

RLD library plans a bargain for taxpayers

In a recent letter, Beth Call expressed concern that the residents in the so-called doughnut area around Walla Walla would bear the major expense of a new library.

Easter egg hunts to keep Saturday hopping

The hunt for eggs will be on this weekend.

Rep. Maureen Walsh's switch on gun legislation says it all

SEATTLE — It turns out after all the shock and talk, all the resolve and promise, we are right back where we started.

Think again before voting on bond issues

It is hard to believe more than 60 percent of College Place voters realized they were voting for a 30 percent increase in their property tax when they voted for the school and street bonds.

Let residents have say in new library

At the March 11 meeting of the Rural Library District Board, I commended the U-B for its March 3 Perspective section in which the Rural Library District Board and the Library Users Coalition had an opportunity to have their ideas presented on whether or not it was a good idea for the RLD to build a second library near Walla Walla. Both sides presented their arguments well.

Walla Walla principal finds new ways to change behavior

SEATTLE — There may be a way to improve how discipline is handled in schools that would benefit all students and at the same time reduce some of the racial disparities that exist today.

Rural Library District buys plot in CP

WALLA WALLA — The site of the Rural Library District’s new County Central Library will be in College Place.

City residents should fund their library

I find it interesting that at a meeting, I believe June 30, 2011, it was said at a City Council meeting that the city library was grossly underfunded. At that meeting a man asked then-Mayor Barbara Clark why it was underfunded.

Support next school bond

I offer congratulations over and over again to the voters and citizens of College Place for having the courage and the foresight to pass a school bond that essentially does a makeover of their school system while creating a College Place High School. This is the most important development in secondary education in the 35 years I have lived in Walla Walla.

Auditor notes error in its report on Rural Library District

WALLA WALLA — The State Auditor’s Office reported it was in error when it included a reference to a Citizens Hotline investigation in a Walla Walla County Rural Library District audit.

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Facebook ‘crush’ pages for students raise worries

Several online “crushes” pages have cropped up locally in the last week, displaying a new aspect of online social interaction among teens that has raised red flags with adults.

School Board must build consensus with new Wa-Hi plan

That must start at Tuesday’s public meeting by listening to opponents and proponents of the failed Feb. 12 bond

Walla Walla School Board members are taking a bold step in putting a Walla Walla High School bond back on the table just weeks after it was rejected by voters.

Wa-Hi bond talks slated

WALLA WALLA — The Walla Walla School Board has scheduled a public work session Tuesday to take community input on the failed Walla Walla High School bond.

U-B article on audit of Rural Library District got it right

Two recent letters to the editor from Rural Library District staff members have criticized an article and an editorial concerning the library district. The facts are different from the assertions in those letters.

Choosing to not vote doesn’t make sense

I was going to write a letter to you (the editor), but I chose not to just like the 10,000 people who didn’t choose to vote.

New Wa-Hi plan must be built on consensus

The $69.6 million proposal to overhaul Walla Walla High School was not approved Tuesday, but Wa-Hi’s facility problems are not gone — and will only grow worse over time.

It’s time for change in leadership

I’ve grown extremely disgusted with the so-called leadership in our school district, library system and city.

Meeting law violations are big deal

Letters to the editor from supporters of the Rural Library District have stated that critics have wrongly characterized the state Auditor’s Office conclusions concerning the RDL’s violations of the Open Public Meetings Act (See Chapter 42.30 RCW). These letters have run the gamut from restrained to vicious. We are to learn from the letters that their violations are “no big deal.”

Front-page story on audit of Rural Library District left reader confused

After reading a recent Union-Bulletin, I was very confused.

U-B reporting on Rural Library District is lazy

The Union-Bulletin’s coverage of the library issue between the Library Users Coalition and the Walla Walla County Rural Library Board is so one-sided and devoid of fact to the point it’s irresponsible.

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‘Personal feelings’ spill over into vandalism

Jim Sanders, former YMCA director and co-owner of Public House 124 restaurant, told police he dumped cooking grease on the lawn of current YMCA leader Randy Grant.

Auditor: Rural Library District violated law

WALLA WALLA — As the Walla Walla County Rural Library District moves ahead with building a 15,000-square-foot County Central library branch, the controversy also advances.

Public discussion of library services in Valley needed

The Rurual Library District Board of Trustees is moving ahead with plans to build a central library while keeping the public out of the process.

A town hall meeting to discuss the future of libraries in the Walla Walla Valley is past due. It’s too bad a fine can’t be imposed for failing to fully involve the public in this important issue.

Library district to reimburse patrons for city card

WALLA WALLA — The Rural Library District will reimburse unincorporated Walla Walla County residents who purchase a city library card for their household next year.

Remodel of Wa-Hi necessary for learning

The proposed remodel of Walla Walla High School needs community support.

Court lacks power to set funding for basic education

The Washington Supreme Court recently rapped the Legislature’s knuckles for not moving fast enough to beef up funding for basic education.

RLD Board treating public like children

I went to the library the other day and was told about the new $68 fee for those living outside the city limits. Also, I was told I would be reimbursed!

Let's dive off the fiscal cliff

SEATTLE — Sign me up for the Thelma and Louise caucus. I’m with Patty Murray. We should clasp hands and careen right off that fiscal cliff.

Non-resident library cards OK'd

WALLA WALLA — In an unannounced move, the City Council voted unanimously Wednesday to allow county resident to buy city library cards starting next year.

Nonresident library card is temporary fix

The ultimate solution is for the city and county libraries to work together wth the public in mind.

Finally, a positive step in the ongoing dispute over local library services.

Change needed in law on selecting RLD Board

On Dec. 31, rural residents of Fire Districts 4 and 8 will no longer have access to the Walla Walla Public Library unless they pay the city a $68 per family fee.

RLD’s actions don’t feel like a democracy

I’ve had the good fortune or blessing of never living under a dictatorship or theocracy.

Rural Library District denies allegations

WALLA WALLA — The Rural Library District defended its board of trustees, stating the board made no decisions in private as alleged by the Library Users Coalition.

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Tuesday is opportunity to comment on library

Last year, I wrote a letter to the editor warning county residents they would no longer be able to borrow materials from the city library if the county did not renew its contract for services.

Library study doesn't offer realistic options

The report's recommendation to impose a property tax to fund the library services is not likely to be embraced by city residents.

Walla Wallans have been -- as they should be -- supportive of the city library.

Rural library board OKs deal with city

But the offer to pay $188,408 a year for the next two years comes with conditions, including hiring a consultant to study how costs are shared.

WALLA WALLA -- The county Rural Library District board Tuesday approved an offer to reimburse the city of Walla Walla for library services to rural residents.

Rural Library Board makes solid offer

The ultimate goal must be to ensure folks inside and outside the city have access to library services. The offer would seem to be a step toward that end.

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Survey resident on county library

It seems odd that Walla Wallans, who will have the right to decide whether Walla Walla should build an aquatic center, will have no opportunity to decide whether we should build a new county library.

An agreement can be found to provide library services to all

This I believe: When you find yourself smiling for an hour you are in a good place. And when that smile is caused by watching over 130 happily dancing babies, kids and parents rocking out to Recess Monkey, a band composed of youthful energetic teachers, I believe those 130 dancers are in a good place, too.

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Grant County is good model for rural library

Having made use of the rural library in Grant County, I wonder why Walla Walla County Rural Library could not be run the same.In Grant County you could sign up online to the rural library, order books or DVDs and they were sent to your address in a zipper

Let's have five-year truce in library dispute

When I learned that a group of people had formed the Library Users Coalition to help address the community concerns regarding the impasse between the Rural Library District and the Walla Walla Public Library, I was relieved

Sting aplenty in City of Walla Walla budget

WALLA WALLA — More taxes, fewer employees and more program cuts pretty much sums up the bad news for the city’s 2013-14 biennial budget.

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Fact check: Missteps during first presidential debate

EDITOR’S NOTE _ An occasional look at political claims that take shortcuts with the facts or don’t tell the full story


Wolfram is experienced as court commissioner

GUEST COLUMN - Mayor Clark misrepresented library contract negotiations

The Rural Library District has high hopes for the success of a project that could lead to consolidated library services for the region. The intent to continue this partnership effort even if contract negotiations failed was affirmed by Walla Walla Mayor B

Rural library eyes land buy

WALLA WALLA — The Walla Walla County Rural Library District board will meet in executive session Thursday to discuss real estate matters.

County: No hearing on removal of rural library board

WALLA WALLA — The Walla Walla County commissioners said today they will not hold a hearing to decide whether to remove the county Rural Library District board of directors.

Council rejects district's library offer

The Council approved a different potential contract that would need Rural Library District approval.

WALLA WALLA -- After a somewhat heated review of yet another proposed library contract, the City Council said no to the Walla Walla County Rural Library District's latest offer, which means county residents still face losing their borrowing privileges at

Walla Walla library contract approved

The deal reached Thursday means county residents will have access to the city library in 2012.

WALLA WALLA -- County residents will have access to the city library next year.The Walla Walla County Rural Library District board on Thursday approved a 2012 contract, 4-1.The contract was a counteroffer from the city earlier this month. Board member Ste

New library contract under consideration

With just over a month left in their contract and the possibility that thousands of county residents will lose their ability to check out material from the city's library at the start of next year, a new contract is on the table between the city and the R

Letters To The Editor - Read report on local library services

There have been many articles in the newspaper and letters to the editor about the agreement between the Walla Walla Rural Library District and the City of Walla Walla. Some of the articles and letters to the editor have had misstatements, inaccuracies an

Report sees funding disparity between city, rural residents

A consultant found that while the Rural Library District takes about $40 per person, the city takes an amount in the $20s.

WALLA WALLA -- As expected, a recently released report on library funding confirmed the city's library is grossly underfunded, but what was also revealed by an independent consultant is that Walla Walla County Rural Library District may have been justifie

Consultant on Walla Walla-area libraries: Work together

'Whether or not you do the annexation, to survive you need a consolidated model,' a consultant said.

WALLA WALLA -- Better cooperation is key to solving the region's library woes, especially if city and county officials decide to follow a consultant's recent recommendation to annex into one regional library taxing district.

Group again calls for removal of library board

WALLA WALLA — A citizens’ group is renewing its call for the ouster of the Walla Walla County Rural Library District board of trustees.

Elks Lodge event to spotlight lodge's solvency

Once in danger of losing their building headquarters, members of the Walla Walla Elks Lodge are celebrating a turnaround in the organization with a daylong party Saturday.

Support offered for RLD Board of Directors

I am writing in support of the Walla Walla County Rural Library District Board of Directors.

Coordinated library efforts needed

Story: Link Italics Bold Bulleted list Numbered list Block quote Heading Create inline: Being College Place residents Dick and I have hesitated writing about the library dilemma, but the Union-Bulletin's Our Opinion column on Wednesday voiced our opinion perfectly.

Create single library taxing district

Create single library taxing district

Think about library situation

Connectionism. The baseline logic for economic wellness development accepts that in order to work all public transportation roads lead to all places for all people.

Maintenance isn’t WW’s strong suit

Topic: Rural Library District in Prescott, or Travels on the Turnip Truck.

Second library in area not needed

The Walla Walla County Rural Library District provides much needed and appreciated library services to rural areas in the county. The branches it has established in Burbank, Prescott, Vista Hermosa and Touchet have become integral parts of those communities, providing access to informational and recreational reading materials, movies, audio books, the Internet and other electronic resources in convenient locations.

Library Users Coalition to hold public meeting Tuesday

WALLA WALLA - The newly formed Walla Walla City-County Library Users Coalition will hold a public meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Fire District 4 Station, 2251 Howard St.Open to the community, this group will discuss unifying library services for the ben

Rural Library District to hold budget hearing Tuesday afternoon

WALLA WALLA - The Rural Library District will hold its 2012 budget hearing Tuesday at 4 p.m. at its service center offices 37 Jade St.The district operates on a budget of around $1.1 million, which primarily comes from a property tax levy of 48 cents per

Rural Library District to hold forum on library services

WALLA WALLA - The Walla Walla County Rural Library District will hold a public forum on library services at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Fire District 4 station, 2251 S. Howard St.Those with ideas or questions about library services are encouraged to attend.For

Library Users Coalition to meet March 29

WALLA WALLA -- The Library Users Coalition will meet from 7-9 p.m. on March 29 in the Fire District 4 program room, 2251 S. Howard St. The coalition is a group of city and county residents who are concerned with developing a cooperative library service pl

Library Users Coalition plans informational meeting

Library Users Coalition plans informational meeting

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Ego-driven decision making?

During a special City Council meeting held Oct. 3, a $200,000 revenue stream badly needed by the Walla Walla Public Library to maintain current staffing and service levels, was rejected.

Letters To The Editor - Rural Library District must change direction

I am very concerned about the Rural Library District's struggle with paying the Walla Walla Public Library each year for county residents to use the city's library.

Libraries call it "the end'

The Rural Library District hopes to start a new chapter by building its own $5.5 million library.

WALLA WALLA - Directors with the Walla Walla Library and the Rural Library District are ready to end nearly four decades of working together to provide library services for city and county residents.After several joint meetings earlier this year to study

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - One community, one library

In light of the recent announcement that the Library Working Group was unable to agree on any plan for library services, it appears that cooperative library service between the city of Walla Walla and the Walla Walla Rural Library District is a dead issue

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - RLD trustees are questionable stewards

To the taxpayers of the Walla Walla County Rural Library District: Your non-elected library board is officially designated as a board of trustees.

Letters To The Editor - Do taxpayers really want new rural library?

After attending the Library Users Coalition meeting Tuesday night, it seems clear to me that most folks in the Walla Walla Valley do not want the addition of a new rural library in Walla Walla County. It is also clear that the Rural Library District is go

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Line in the sand blurs library dispute

What is a library? Beyond the bricks and mortar that both the county and city are seemingly focused, a library should have the ability to provide the information required from an interested population that enhances our community. "An informed citizenry is

RLD should build $5 million swimming complex

Warning of serious mental health epidemic in Walla Walla: Some people in the city and county are suffering from a chronic and persistent condition -- "the edifice complex."

Construction of RLD library supported

Construction of RLD library supported

Consider merging local library services

It won't be easy, but we believe it would result in superior services.

Although Walla Walla County commissioners have no authority over the Rural Library District or its Board of Directors, the three commissioners nevertheless showed needed leadership in trying to resolve the local library services dispute.

City of Walla Walla has grossly profited from RLD's generosity

A number of letters, columns, editorials and articles have been written in regard to the inability of the Rural Library District and the Walla Walla Public Library to come to an agreement on a contract. I don't feel all the facts have been aired.

Destructive ploys

Aug. 21 I attended my first Library Users Coalition meeting. Coalition leaders were introduced to the audience, a list of accomplishments handed out and seven minutes were spent on the evening’s topic — benefits of annexation.

Put new Rural Library District building on hold

Give the community time to explore consolidating library services to benefit all.

Officials of the Rural Library District, which serves people living outside of the city limits of Walla Walla and College Place, have made it clear they plan to forge ahead with constructing a new branch. The RLD has plans to spend about $3 million on a new library near or in the city of Walla Walla and then borrow another $2 million to upgrade RLD facilities in Prescott, Burbank and Touchet.

Put plans for second urban library on hold

In its full-page ad, the Rural Library District Board did an excellent job of laying out its complaints against the city of Walla Walla. I trust most readers recognize that there’s another side to the story, and I must say there are some serious inaccuracies in the statement.

RLD directors doing excellent job

RI found Barbara Clark's letter very interesting and thought provoking.

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Teen believes library access important

I may be very different from a majority of teenagers, but I love the Walla Walla Public Library in every way.I own a Nook (on which I can buy and borrow electronic books), and it is something that I absolutely adore. However, I continue to use the library

Take stand for Rural Library District

I have been told by many there is support for the building plans of the Walla Walla County Rural Library District — but people are hesitant to say so publicly.

Library Users Coalition is grabbing for cash

I am a senior citizen from Prescott. I am quite annoyed by the letters that have appeared in the Union-Bulletin by the Library Users Coalition and its supporters.

Public would benefit with city, RLD working together

I’ve been reluctant to enter the discussion about fairness of past contracts between the Rural Library District and the city of Walla Walla, because I assumed that any problems of the past would be solved by adoption of current proposals for annexation or a long-term service contract.

Gay slurs unnecessary and ignorant

These “drive by” insults are annoying.

RLD Board acts as if it has a mandate

The intransigence shown by the Walla Walla Rural Library District Board at Monday’s meeting was duly noted by county and city residents in attendance.

RLD Board needs to listen

The County Rural Library District Board took out a full-page ad in the Union-Bulletin to address what it considers “false and misleading statements.”

Group wants vote on library

The independent coalition that is trying to resolve the dispute between the city and Rural Library District has officially asked the city to let its citizens settle the matter with a vote on annexation into the Walla Walla County Rural Library Taxing District.

Group calls for library board ouster

WALLA WALLA — The Library Users Coalition have asked county commissioners to replace the entire Board of Trustees of the Walla Walla County Rural Library District.

Rural library board rejects annexation idea

The possibility of city residents becoming part of the Rural Library District — a move some believe would solve the Walla Walla Public Library’s funding problems — has been nipped in the bud by the Rural Library District Board of Trustees.

Library resolution's intent unclear

Library resolution’s intent unclear

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - People distracted from real library issue

The Library Working Group did not identify an economically feasible model for a consolidated library system covering residents of both jurisdictions (Rural Library District and city of Walla Walla). However, progress was made.Existing costs and expenses w